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Three Types of Eating

December 29, 2010 Length: 1:01

St. Gregory of Sinai on having a moderate approach to eating.

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We’ve just finished the second-longest fast of the Church year, and are enjoying all the Christmas goodies that people around us have been eating for the last month. That is great, but St. Gregory of Sinai also reminds us to have a moderate approach to our eating:

The partaking of food has three degrees: abstinence, adequacy and satiety. To abstain, means to remain a little hungry after eating; to eat adequately, means neither to be hungry, nor weighed down. But eating beyond satiety is the door to belly-madness, through which lust comes in. But you, firm in knowledge, choose what is best for you, according to your powers, without overstepping the limits.


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